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The Sub-Beacon Podcast
63 minutes | 5 months ago
Mank, Christmas Lights, and the Star Wars Comic Book
Miss us? We never left! But the boys of the Sub-Beacon have moved operations to subbeacon.com. Please subscribe and tell your friends! And in case you've been wondering what you've been missing, we are happy to offer up this free episode on Mank, starring Gary Oldman. Sonny loved it. JVL didn't. And Vic understood it! Plus Sonny discovers a Christmas lighting service, JVL shows off his Star Wars #1 comic book, and Vic delivers a washer and dryer. Plus HBO Max vs. movie theaters! Happy holidays!
53 minutes | 6 months ago
Life Finds a Way… at Subbeacon.com!
In this latest episode, JVL, Vic, and Sonny talk about their pandemic pastimes and the future of the Sub-Beacon: The show is moving to subbeacon.com! We all hope you can join us by subscribing on Patreon. It'll be great—just like when Laverne and Shirley moved to L.A. Or when Three's Company became Three's a Crowd. Or when Danny Cooksey joined Diff'rent Strokes. What could possibly go wrong?
74 minutes | 8 months ago
The Tenet Episode
In our latest—and longest—episode sponsored by Keeps, we discuss Christopher Nolan's much-anticipated time-travel thriller Tenet. JVL has questions like "Is Christopher Nolan overrated?" Vic has questions like "What the hell is going on?" And Sonny claims to have answers as well as a mind-blowing reveal. Plus tennis talk and eating and drinking in bathrooms!
58 minutes | 8 months ago
Action Park, Dr. Pepper, and Going to the Mattresses
In this latest episode sponsored by Keeps, the Sub-Beacon discusses the documentary Class Action Park. Sonny reveals there are numerous flavors of Dr. Pepper. JVL literally goes to the mattresses. Sonny guesses Vic's Sleep Number. Plus IMAX vs. Dolby and preparing to see Tenet!
59 minutes | 9 months ago
Unhinged, Russell Crowe Ranked, and a Return to the Theater
In this Very Special Episode of the Sub-Beacon, we discuss the new Russell Crowe movie Unhinged. Vic is actually shocked by the violence. Sonny eats popcorn in the theater. JVL isn't going anywhere near a theater. Plus the most obscure ranking ever!
63 minutes | 10 months ago
Greyhound, Collapsing Windows, and J-Pod!
On this latest episode with special guest John Podhoretz subbing in for Victorino Matus, the gang talks "Greyhound." Sonny wonders if the deal between AMC and Universal means the death of theaters. And JVL asks J-Pod for two very special rankings.
58 minutes | 10 months ago
Showgirls, Ms. Pac-Man, and Ice Cream Trucks
On this latest episode with special guest Mary Katharine Ham subbing in for JVL, we discuss Showgirls and the documentary You Don't Nomi. We kid you not. Sonny recalls dancing to the ice cream truck. Mary Katharine faked playing Ms. Pac-Man. And Vic has loads of transitions. Plus Saved by the Bell rankings!
65 minutes | 10 months ago
Hamilton, the Founders Ranked, and Sonny’s Hatred of Musicals
In this latest episode sponsored by Gabi and Keeps, we discuss Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton on Disney Plus. Sonny explains why he hates musicals but loves cheap riesling. JVL reveals his theatrical past, even though he hates the theater. Vic wonders why people keep mistaking him for someone else. Plus a ranking of the Founders and Madeleine Stowe!
65 minutes | a year ago
Layer Cake, Movie Theaters, and a Rest Stop Ranking
In this latest episode sponsored Gabi and DoorDash, we discuss the British gangster flick Layer Cake. JVL explains why it's one of his favorite movies of the 2000s. Sonny ponders a return to movie theaters. Vic offers a rest stop ranking—pandemic edition! Plus Gout Watch 2020!
57 minutes | a year ago
Little Italy, Wearing Pants, and a Sonny Update
In this Very Special Episode sponsored by Tommy John, we review the Italian-Canadian rom-com Little Italy. Oofah, how did this movie ever get made? JVL finds Emma Roberts irresistable. Sonny ranks the movie's stereotypes, from best to worst. Vic resists wearing pants to the office. Plus Sonny reassures us he is fine.
57 minutes | a year ago
The Lighthouse, Fancy Faucets, and HD DVD
In this latest episode sponsored by Tommy John and DoorDash, we discuss the indie-horror film The Lighthouse starring Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson. Sonny liked it, obviously. Vic didn't understand it, obviously. JVL rediscovers his HD DVD player. Plus advice on where to buy fancy faucets!
55 minutes | a year ago
Under the Silver Lake, the Tenet Trailer, and Pizza Boxes
In this latest episode, we review Under the Silver Lake starring Andrew Garfield. Sonny and JVL can't stop gushing about it. Vic could not make sense of it. We also discuss the new Tenet trailer. And JVL questions the racial stereotyping on pizza boxes.
59 minutes | a year ago
Capone, Casinos, and Bennies!
In this latest episode sponsored by Tommy John, we discuss Capone starring Tom Hardy. JVL goes back to the beach—and so do the Bennies! Vic goes the wrong way in a supermarket. Sonny gets his fill of Buffalo Trace. Plus figuring out how to play craps during a pandemic. And an old friend returns to the show!
62 minutes | a year ago
Flash Gordon, ZZ Top Lyrics, and Vic’s Basement
In this latest episode sponsored by DoorDash, we discuss the soon-to-be-rereleased Flash Gordon. JVL calls it a psycho-sexual masterpiece. Sonny thought less of it. Vic explains why he's recording in his basement. Plus ZZ Top lyrics explained!
56 minutes | a year ago
Val Kilmer, Netflix Numbers, and Swag!
In this latest episode, we discuss Val Kilmer, who has a new memoir, I'm Your Huckleberry. Of course we haven't read it but that doesn't stop us from discussing his films! Vic promises not to say his name. JVL shares his obsession with Calvin Klein. And Sonny talks about theaters reopening. Plus listener shout-outs!
53 minutes | a year ago
Extraction, Chris Hemsworth, and Graphing Calculators!
In this latest episode, we discuss the new Netflix movie Extraction starring Chris Hemsworth. Sonny likes it enough, JVL finds it derivative, and Vic loves the grenade launcher. Sonny shares news about They Called Me Wyatt, a new book from Rebeller Media. JVL shares his conspiracy theory about graphing calculators. And Vic makes his own simple syrup.
74 minutes | a year ago
Michael Jordan, The Batman, and Cassette Tapes!
On this latest episode sponsored by DoorDash, we discuss the new Michael Jordan documentary The Last Dance. JVL calls it hagiography. Sonny loves Rick Fox. Vic struggles with his Dikembe Mutombo impression. Plus Guitar Hero, cassette tapes, and the true nature of The Batman!
65 minutes | a year ago
Gladiator, Tombstone, and Rankings!
In this latest episode we discuss the 20th anniversary of Gladiator. Could it be Ridley Scott's best movie, Russell Crowe's best role, or the best gladiator movie of all time? Let the rankings decide! Plus JVL gives Sonny an Easter quiz, Sonny talks Michael Biehn and Tombstone, and Vic shares his strategy for world domination.
58 minutes | a year ago
Louis CK, Wrestlemania, and Old Fashioneds
On this latest episode, we discuss the return of comedian Louis CK in Sincerely. JVL explains Wrestlemania amid a pandemic. Vic wants more free TV—a lot more. And Sonny suffers an Old Fashioned disaster. Plus Manhattans, movie releases, and Immobiliare!
65 minutes | a year ago
Tiger King, Cinema in Crisis, and Family Blackjack
On this latest episode sponsored by Warby Parker and DoorDash, we break down the Netflix docuseries Tiger King. JVL calls it an indictment against democracy. Vic calls it aspirational. Sonny discusses movie-making in the time of coronavirus. Plus JVL on family blackjack and Vic's tips for hot bars (which may or may not come back).
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